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When a course reaches its authorized capacity, a student may request to be placed on a waitlist.
A course waitlist is a list of students who wish to register for a course if and when space becomes available. The following paragraphs contain information, policies and procedures related to course waitlists. DC-specific instructions are at the bottom of this page.

  1. Any eligible student wishing to enroll in a course that has reached authorized capacity may request to join that section’s waitlist. Students are added to course waitlists only by request. For enrollment through Sunbird Central, the student may request to join a waitlist when prompted. For paper registration, the Registrar’s Office staff will notify any student attempting to register for a closed class, at which point the student may request to join the waitlist.
  2. A student may not register for a course section AND be waitlisted for another section of the same course; however, a student may be waitlisted for multiple sections of the same course.
  3. Priority criteria is given by program directors. In many cases, waitlists are determined by class level and time of waitlisting.
  4. Never assume that a waitlisted course results in official registration. Students should work with their mentor/advisor to select alternatives in case the waitlisted course remains full. A student on a waitlist is not officially enrolled in that course and thus is not eligible to receive a grade in that course.
  5. Once a spot on the waitlist opens, the first student will be notified via their @fpu email that they may register for the course. The student has 24 hours to respond, otherwise the open spot will roll to the next student.
  6. Any student with a financial hold may not enroll in a course from the waitlist.
  7. Course waitlists are maintained through the end of the second week of the semester; after the second week of the semester, a waitlisted student must follow the university’s add-drop procedure by seeking permission of the instructor to enroll in the course.
  8. A waitlisted student may attend the course for two weeks, if seating is available and the instructor has given permission, in the hope that space will become available for that student to register.
  9. The course instructor decides whether to add a student after the second week of the semester. If the instructor decides to allow additional students to enroll, it is highly recommended that she/he enroll students from the waitlist before considering other students. The instructor may consider a range of factors, including availability of space in the classroom, other teaching obligations, the student’s capabilities and past performance and the student’s learning/degree-completion goals.
  10. After the last day for enrolling or adding a course, a student who is not officially enrolled in the course (based on the official class roster through the My Services tab on CampusCruiser) is not allowed to participate in the course and will not have a grade recorded on his or her transcript for that course.

DC-Specific Waitlist Instructions

1-6 above apply to DC students. 7-10 do not if students face extenuating circumstances (e.g. need the section to graduate that semester).

Students may talk to their advisor about requesting an exception to the course cap, within reason. DC students should not contact instructors or program directors to ask for an exception. The university will attempt to accommodate extenuating needs, but does not promise to do so.